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Trekking routes in Cabo de Gata, Almeria


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Hiking along the beaches and coves of Almeria

The beaches of Almeria, of volcanic origin, have been the setting of a large number of film productions for their beauty; they also have high biodiversity, come and discover them.

The main trail we propose runs along the beach from a hill top to another known as Morron de los Genoveses from where we will have beautiful views of the coast. It is an easy route for the whole family along an itinerary of about 7 kilometres round trip.

The tour will start in the town of San Jose; the trail takes us to the beach, we follow it to the ruins of a bunker surrounded by dunes and vegetation adapted to the environment. Along the way we will see a restored windmill, from where starts a path we have to take to the southwest.

In the distance, as we walk towards the beach, we can see a hill that extends into the sea, called Morron de los Genoveses; inland we find a fossil dune of great beauty and the volcanic highlands of Cabo de Gata.

After having walked along the beach until it ends, we take the path that leads to the hilltop. The climb is not difficult and doesn´t require great effort. After enjoying the view we can end the day swimming or sunbathing on the beach and enjoy the clear waters of Cabo de Gata.

We return along the same path to the village of San Jose.

If we want to continue, we can walk from Morron de los Genoveses to Monsul beach, a distance of 18 kilometres, which can take between 6 and 7 hours.

This tour more difficult passes among coves and cliffs, where depending on the tide we can go walking on the beach to get from one cove to another.

The first cove we find is Cala de Los Amarillos; from there we take an ascending path leading to the coves Cala Principe, Cala Chica and Cala Grande all communicated and accessible from shore depending on the tide.

We follow along the coast until passing Cala del Barranco and Lance del Perro, where we cannot continue along the coast, so we take the path that goes over the cliffs to the beach Barronal where we take the path that leads us inland.

We cross a dune area where we have to skirt the dune Monsul which is protected, so we cannot climb over it. At the end of our journey awaits Monsul beach, a beautiful beach which has been the setting of numerous films such as 'Baron Munchausen' or 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'.

We hope you enjoy this beautiful journey where we will discover some of the best volcanic beaches of Almeria. If we have time we recommend enjoying a swim with goggles, worth it for the great underwater biodiversity in the area.

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